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Cunning, Baffling, Powerful…….. and Patient

Cunning, baffling, powerful, that’s what the Big Book states
When it talks about alcohol and how it dominates
The way we think, the way we act when firmly in its grip
We have to be obedient, surrender to its whip

A meeting that I go to starts at seven in the morning
Someone reads “How It Works” each day, it really can get boring
But there’s a member who attends and adds a single statement
When those three words are read out loud, he adds in the word patient

Although that word is not there when we read page fifty-eight
It certainly rings true to us, it helps to keep us straight
It matters not how long it’s been since we had our last drink
That demon alcohol is biding time until we blink

A fellow that I know related just how he had slipped
He’d been dry for some twenty months, felt he was well equipped
To take a swig then put it down, he thought he’d passed the test
He did not drink for two more months, then patient came to fest

Until that time, he had been doing what had been suggested
He called his sponsor frequently and did what he requested
He even tried to meditate and say a prayer or two
But day by day his routine shrank, old thoughts began to stew

Though he had not been drinking in those months after the slip
The memory of it haunted him, it wanted him to trip
Then came the day it fell apart, those feeling did accrue
He almost drank himself to death on the month twenty-two

A vicious cycle had begun, would last over a year
He’d sober up for a few weeks and then bring out the beer
He went to meeting as before, was filled with true remorse
But that was all he did, he was just auditing the course

He stopped using his phone to call a sponsor or a friend
When he was in the wrong, he just could not make an amend
He seldom prayed or meditated, he found that very tough
Because he went to meetings, he thought that would be enough

The patient side of this disease had waited for some time
But it could tell the time to strike was nearly at its prime
He wouldn’t take his sponsor’s calls, began to isolate
The voice inside his head said “what the hell”, capitulate

The lesson for us all is this disease is very patient
Content to lie there dormant, waiting in our memory’s basement
Just waiting for the chance to climb the stairs and take control
And bring us to our knees and watch our misery unfold

But we’ve learned there’s a way to keep this enemy at bay
By practicing the AA Steps and do it every day
For when we don’t, we probably are heading for a slip
Patiently it guarantees a painful, dreadful trip

Larry R.


AA Group that focuses on the 5th Tradition. Meets weekly on Saturday at 9:30 am EST. Zoom ID: 823 5985 8994 Password: New2AA

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